Vision and Mission


The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences is a Multidisciplinary Faculty in the Quest for Excellence, Committed to producing Quality Graduates for the Twenty First Century.


The mission of the Faculty is to advance the student experience in the Social Sciences, Communication Arts, Social Welfare Studies and Religious Education and Ethics in a Christian environment. The Faculty is committed to serving the Divine Word University’s triple mission of learning and teaching, research and community engagement, as articulated in the following objectives:

Learning and Teaching

• Align Faculty learning and teaching activities with the DWU Learning and Teaching Plan.
• Align the Faculty undergraduate and postgraduate programs with the overarching DWU Second Decade Strategic Plan, PNG Vision 2050, PNG DSP 2030, MTDGs, and HE Plan III.
• Deliver quality education in the various disciplines of philosophy and ethics, anthropology and sociology, politics and international relations, public policy, governance and leadership, public relations, communication arts, communication development, journalism, community development and development studies, peace and gender studies, regional and global studies, social welfare, religious studies, religious education, history, climate change, conservation and sustainability studies.
• Regularly engage in curriculum audit and review in line with best international practices.
• Develop three more innovative postgraduate masters programs in the various disciplines of the faculty.
• Increase postgraduate master and doctoral student numbers by 2016.
• Promote learning through diversity of delivery modes, including full time, flexible and online studies for undergraduate and postgraduate programs.
• Integrate the use of advanced ICT media and e-learning knowledge and skills.


• Align faculty research activities with the DWU Research Plan.
• Enrich faculty staff and student knowledge and skills in applied social research and public policy research.
• Acknowledge by promoting, protecting and preserving traditional PNG/Melanesian and Pacific Islands knowledge systems through research.
• Acknowledge other worldviews and to mainstream indigenous research methodologies.
• Engage in best international research practices to build faculty research capacity.
• Promote collaborative research at local, national and international levels.
• Apply sound research ethical practices (when engaging in large-scale academic and consultancy research) in all areas of research.
• Engage in research partnerships with the various sectors of public and private organizations, institutions, and communities.
• Explore entrepreneurial opportunities and enterprising projects to help build and sustain capacity building in the faculty.

Community Engagement

• Integrate the concept and practice of community engagement so that it is embedded in faculty learning and teaching and research plans.
• Forge mutual partnerships of Communities of Practice with the industry and the private sector to enable students to gain exposure to workplace experience.
• Explore avenues for faculty staff and students to engage in professional organizations of knowledge sharing and exchange.
• Consolidate, monitor and regulate the activities and contributions of the 2012 approved “Triad Catalyst Consultancy” as a prospective benchmark community engagement project.
• Acknowledge and share research knowledge and other benefits with the local communities that have been engaged as subjects of research and/or whose land and resources have been studied and/or who have assisted in the research projects.